Ruskin Bond's The Book of Nature Paperback – 6 Jun 2008
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About the Author
Ruskin Bond's first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novels (including Vagrants in the Valley, A Flight of Pigeons and Delhi Is Not Far), essays, poems and children's books, many of which have been published by Penguin India.
He has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies.
He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Padma Shri in 1999.
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The book has 11 sections, each section has a couple of stories/writings. As it’s a selection of his writings many of the stories were published in earlier books, like the stories ‘Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright’ and ‘A Tiger in the House’ in the book ‘Dust on the Mountain’ have been included in this book with the titles ‘Good Day to You, Uncle’ (section IX) and ’Timothy’ (section I) respectively ; the story ‘The leopard’ in the book ‘Dust on the Mountain’ is also here( section III) with some additions, alterations here and there.
Just to mention: a word is missing in the story “A Mountain Stream” (p68, 3rd para).
The writings included in this collection bore imprint of Ruskin Bond’s unique style – easy flowing and sensuous. I get a soothing feeling whenever I read the book. Nature, especially of Kumaon and Garhwal Himalayas is in his persona, and cannot be separated from his existence. Mastery of his writing is that he is able to convey his impression to the readers in such a simple manner.
But the Kumaon, Garhwal hills with their flora, fauna and people are no more to be found the way Ruskin Bond had narrated – at least one can now fathom how much of ‘Nature’ we have lost by this time.
The book is a MUST for a nature lover, or in another way one will begin to love nature by reading it, if already is not of that inclination.
I conclude with Ruskin Bond’s quote:
Nature gives. And takes away. And gives again.